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Panzer Ace

The Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander from Barbarossa to Normandy
Lu par : Nigel Patterson
Durée : 8 h et 35 min
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Richard Freiherr von Rosen was a highly decorated Wehrmacht soldier and outstanding panzer commander. After serving as a gunlayer on a Pz.Mk.III during Barbarossa, he led a company of Tigers at Kursk. Later he led a company of King Tiger panzers at Normandy and in late 1944 commanded a battle group (12 King Tigers and a flak company) against the Russians in Hungary in the rank of junior, later senior lieutenant (from November 1944, his final rank). Only 489 of these King Tiger tanks were ever built. They were the most powerful heavy tanks to see service, and only one kind of shell could penetrate their armor at a reasonable distance. Every effort had to be made to retrieve any of them bogged down or otherwise immobilized, which led to many towing adventures.

The author has a fine memory and eye for detail. His account is easy to listen to and not technical, and adds substantially to the knowledge of how the German Panzer Arm operated in the Second World War.

©2017 Verlagshaus Würzburg GmbH & Co. KG; English language translation copyright 2018 by Greenhill Books; Robert Forczyk foreword copyright 2018 by Greenhill Books (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24/07/2018

terrific insight from the German side

I'm not sure why so many people don't want to hear bother sides of this amazing and tragic story. I love to hear the other side story in any conflict as one can not truly understand the conflict unless you hear both sides. The victor always writes the story and everybody buys it. I'm not that guy. It's well written and much respect goes out to the German soldiers, well most of them anyhow.

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  • D.A. Nygaard
  • 23/07/2018

First Person Warrior Story

As the book summary states, Panzer Ace is the first-person account of a soldier caught up by and thrown into the second world war. The book was composed in 2012, apparently from his personal journals. In Panzer Ace the reader rides along in German tanks invading Russia and fruitlessly trying to hold back the overwhelming material advantage of the Western allies. The story concludes in a Tiger tank fighting Russians in Hungary and then Austria before the wounded soldier's final battle against the bitter French occupation. Here is an account of actual industrial warfare--inhumane and indifferent. Here, too, is the story of the comradeship that perhaps only soldiers can know; because they've seen into the abyss ... and lived ~

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  • Gabriel
  • 04/01/2019

Not what I expected

You would figure that a tanker who experienced front line tank combat on two fronts would present a memoir that would be full of battlefield specifics, unique battle descriptions, details of tank operations, descriptions of tank particulars, etc. None of that is really in this book. Apart from a detailed recitation of an early Eastern Front close call where his tank was disabled and he had to hide out from Russians for a couple days, this book is written as more of an outline of places visited and battle outcomes. There are absolutely no descriptions of how the tiger tank actually worked, or how the King Tiger crew did what they did. Battles are included as an afterthought. Most of the book involves name dropping of buddies and commanders known to the author and an overview of where his unit fought. The book is written in a very old-fashioned and stilted manner. Russian attack? "Unpleasant." Russian rocket attack? "Very unpleasant." "Elbow almost blown off?" "Very, very unpleasant"

The greatest detail in the book involves the continuous efforts of the Germans to tow swamp stuck tanks or disabled tanks. I think the author is most proud of his accomplishments in towing various expensive tanks out of soft mud or because of damaged engines or tracks. Towards the end of the book, it seems the only thing the Wehrmacht was doing was towing tanks to safety. Seriously, if you have a tank towing fetish, this is the book of your dreams!

To be fair, for hardcore WW2 buffs like me, it's not a horrible book because there are tidbits of info (mostly about towing tanks) I learned about, but if you're looking for the German version of Brad Pitt's "Fury," this isn't it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21/08/2018

great read!

loved it! great book for anyone interested in world war 2 from the other sides point of view. very much enjoyed this book.

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  • Michael
  • 18/04/2019

Great short memoir

Excellent story about a man who saw both fronts of the war. not as long or detailed as many other memoirs, so it's a good quick listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17/04/2019

strengths & weaknesses

Decent all around book. Vague in combat stories, but detailed in personal thoughts & experiences during the war. Why it was read by a British narrator I do not know, listening to a British man recount the story of a German tanker really keeps you from becoming fully engrossed in the book. Cant imagine there wasn't an English speaking German who could have narrated instead. Poor choice by whoever was responsible for that decision.

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  • Rodman
  • 18/03/2019

no action<br />

could not finish this book, very slow and with really no theme. I finally gave up and returned it about half way through it.

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  • wbiro
  • 12/03/2019

Not the Best Memoir Out There, but Good

Many fascinating details from an individual's perspective. WWII is a mood thing now, and there are a lot of memoirs out there now from individuals on all sides.

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  • Michael Gawlinski
  • 18/01/2019

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Good if you want the common German soldiers perspective with a minimum of 'political' comments

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  • Tom H.
  • 08/01/2019

BORING!

Wordy and boring.
Almost put me to sleep.
Which is dangerous while driving.
No excitement.